SHOW AND TELL: Olympian Alethea Sedgman shows Horsham West Primary School student Brittany Baker her rifl e. Sedgman spoke to students at the school on Wednesday. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHERA GUEST speaker at school is always interesting but there was a special thrill for Horsham West Primary School students when Olympic-bound shooter Alethea Sedgman visited on Wednesday.
Sedgman, 18, talked to year six students about the history of the Olympic Games, what it took to qualify and her personal experiences.
Segdman also encouraged students to set goals and said one of her own goals included setting an Olympic record one day.
Sedgman was announced as one of five members in the Australian rifle team earlier this month and will compete in the women’s 10-metre air rifle and 50-metre three position events at the London Olympics.
Students asked several questions, both about the Olympics and Sedgman’s efforts.
Segdman shared how she got into shooting; because her sister wanted to try it, her easiest competition; her dad and sister, and her second-favourite Olympic sport; boxing.
She also explained the types of bullets she used, her strenuous training routine and her worst shoots.
But the highlight of the hour-long session came at the end, when Sedgman showed the students the air rifle she would use at the London Olympics.
Student Erin Baldwin, 12, said the rifle was different to what she expected.
“I thought it was going to be a brown gun, but it was silver and big,” she said.
“I liked it when she showed us the gun. She was really good, she told us lots of interesting stuff.”
Ashley Lawson, 12, said the gun looked more high-tech and modern than he had expected.
He said he learnt a lot.
Ben Russell, 12, said he enjoyed learning about the different shooting styles Sedgman used.
He said he had tried shooting before and would consider aiming for the Olympics.
“I could be in the Olympics if I got my act together,” he said.
Michael Timms, 12, said he had seen Sedgman talk after the Commonwealth Games this year.
He said it was just as good this time around.
He was also surprised at the way Sedgman’s gun looked.
“I thought it would be more smooth; instead, it’s all parts put together,” he said.
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